DARBY O'GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE: A REVIEW
A Tale of Leprechauns, a Banshee, and the Death Coach
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While much of the contemporary view of fairies as gentle,
benevolent beings was molded by current popular literature
and movies such as those by Disney, there is one Disney
movie that scared the pants off me as a child, along with
those of most of the kids I knew. This blood-curdler was
called Darby O'Gill and the Little People.
I knew kids who actually walked (or ran) out of the theater
before the movie ended. Admittedly this was pre-The Exorcist
and the kind of computer animations and in-your-face blood-and-gore
special effects that are both possible and prevalent today,
and TV and movies hadn't yet made us quite as jaded and
hard-nosed as we've all now become -- children and adults
alike. The special effects were still pretty amazing, though.
I think your children would enjoy this movie, even if
they don't run out screaming. And -- as a bonus, you can
see Sean Connery (with hair!) in one of his earliest movie
roles! It is available on DVD.
© C. Maria Plieger
2005 Copyright © C.